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The degree of Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) may be earned in Latin and Classical Humanities. The program comprises coordinated studies in classical languages and literatures, the methodology of teaching the Latin language, Latin literature, and classical humanities, courses in education, prepractica, and practica. Students in the program gain practical experience by teaching courses in Latin at the university and at cooperating middle schools and high schools in Massachusetts. They also participate in activities of local, state, and regional classical associations. Graduates of the program receive Massachusetts Initial Licensure to teach Latin and classical humanities in grades 5-12.

A total of 56 credits is required, distributed as follows: 19 credits in Latin and classical humanities; 27 credits in methodology and education; 12 credits in pre-practicum and practicum. The program requires two full years of study. Additional summer study in Italy is recommended, and scholarships are available from the department and other sources.

Candidates for admission to the program must have a strong undergraduate major in Latin or classics with an emphasis on Latin, including at least four upper-level courses in Latin, 12 credits of classical Greek, and 6 credits of Greek and Roman history. An undergraduate minor in a Romance language, particularly Spanish, is highly recommended, since many schools are looking for teachers who can teach both Latin and Spanish. Applications from minorities are very welcome.

The New England Latin Placement Service and other state, regional, and national Latin Placement services are available to graduates of the program.